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Relatively Interesting A Map of the 'Flat' Earth

A Map of the ‘Flat’ Earth

September 9, 2011 41
A Map of the ‘Flat’ Earth

A Map of the Square and Stationary Earth

In June of 2011, the Library of Congress acquired an old map which was created by Prof. Orlando Ferguson in 1893. The information it contains is a bit out of date… but it is very interesting to look at nonetheless.

orlando ferguson, flat earth map

The text can be a hard to read, so here it is, verbatim:

Header: Map of the Square and Stationary Earth.

Subheader: Four hundred passages in the Bible condemn the Globe Theory, or the Flying Earth, and none sustain it. This map is the Bible Map of the World.

Caption (right side): These men are flying on the globe at the rate of 65,000 miles per hour around the sun, and 1,042 miles per hour around the center of the earth (in their minds). Think of that speed! (this caption was clearly meant to be a sarcastic jab to the Globe Theory)

Footnote: Send 25 cents to the author, Prof. Orlando Ferguson, for a book explaining this Square and Stationary Earth. It knocks the Globe Theory clean out. It will teach you how to foretell eclipses. It is worth its weight in gold.

The Flat Earth Society (yes, it’s actually real)

The Flat Earth Society is a real organization led by a Virginian man named Daniel Shenton. Shenton believes in other scientific principles and facts, such as evolution and global warming, but he and his followers also believe that the Earth is a disc that you can fall off of. In other words, that it’s flat.

“I haven’t taken this position just to be difficult,” Shenton told The Guardian news a while back. “To look around, the world does appear to be flat, so I think it is incumbent on others to prove decisively that it isn’t. And I don’t think that burden of proof has been met yet.”

In fact, the validity of the organization as come in to question so often that it’s immediately addressed on the first line of the FAQ:

Q: “Is this site a joke?”

A: This site is not a joke. We are actively promoting the Flat Earth movement worldwide. There are members who seriously believe the Earth is flat, and their research is located in Flat Earth Believers.

Read through their FAQ, as they “explain” the seasons, sunrises, sunsets, and other phenomena.

Here’s a map of the flat Earth that they present:

modern flat earth map

I’m not sure where to start when debunking the notion of a flat Earth, because the theory seems so unrealistic. So I will only present one piece of evidence for the round Earth, and it’s a simple picture:

nasa, view of earth from space, blue marble

‘Nuff said.

To see more images of Earth, our Pale Blue Dot, click here.



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  • TC

    That’s not picture of the earth, it’s a composite. The earth has never been photographed from space, fact. Nuff said.

    • Solid

      You can say that but their eyes will glass over and go crossed. The evidence that we are on a flat plane is abundant. I am trying to wake people up but breaking the hypnotic spell is not easy

    • Errol Collins

      Not only that, did you notice that there where not even one star shining, How could that be. There are supposedly billions of star in space with thousands view able from earth but not one star was seen on that picture. What do they have to say about that.

    • kelli peterson

      Totally agree! The spinning, tilted, rotating, orbiting ball is a joke.

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  • Luis Trevino

    The “Flat Earth” folks present a compelling argument but for two things, I believe dispel their notion of a flat earth. (1) If you know anyone in Europe or Asia give them a phone call sometime during midday hours and ask them if it is night or day where they are. If it’s daytime then we are standing on a flat earth, but if it is night time we are on a globe. (2) The icy Artic and Antarctic are frozen for a reason… the tilt of a spherical earth
    axis in reference to the sun. I don’t see how those icy regions would be
    possible on a flat earth especially the artic.

    • Jonathan Woods

      It is really so easy to prove the ball earth and no none of their arguments are compelling other gthan to a child under five years old or a caveman !

  • RH

    Yep love the “picture”, go and look at what nasa calls pictures. They ALL are made of either composites, cgi, or artist’s renditions. So if that is what you call a picture you must believe every hollywood movie that comes out. Thanks for being a lap dog for your masters that have indoctrinated you since the time you could first remember and being dismissive to anyone that would like to think differently than what they want you to believe. It shows your childishness as this article clearly was written with contempt. Bad journalist!

    • Dylan Walker

      If the earth was flat, why is it always sunny at the south pole in summer :O

      • Tendekayi.TR

        Has anyone actually ever flown over Antarctica? It’s a no fly zone remember? How convenient

        • Dylan Walker

          What about the fact that it’s always sunny in summer, some people work in Antarctica in the summer with 24/7 sunlight. If the earth was flat how would that be possible? And anyway, if the sun was above the earth that close wouldn’t it always be sunny everywhere?.. And the whole sun light through clouds has to do with perspective.. You know, the sun appears in a point in the sky.. So why would the sun light go straight up? I learnt about perspective at bloody high school!

          • Tendekayi.TR

            Thanks Dylan. I am still reviewing all the evidence for and against the flat earth theory. But the issue is that the flat earth theory has fundamentally different assumptions from the heliocentric model that is commonly known. According to the flat earth model, the sun is not some 93 million miles away and is not millions of times bigger than the earth. The flat earth model assumes that the sun is much smaller and is nearer to the earth, and it moves around the earth and not the other way round. Thus it moves in a certain motion above the earth, providing light to different parts of the earth at different times. Have a look at some of the Youtube videos. I am not 100% convinced but the evidence seems pretty strong.

      • sjpatejak

        If the earth is flat and is shaped like the maps provided with this article, there is no south pole. It can only exist if the world is round.

        • Jonathan Woods

          Here’s one that messes with their heads . we know for a fact that the equator has a greater distance in circumference than either the tropic of cancer and the tropic of capricorn . Now this works perfectly on a ball earth and these distances have been used in navigation pretty much from the time that humans learned to sail over the seas. It can not work on the flat earth model. The other one that baffles them is that during the Volvo ocean races that circumnavigate the globe why do so many of the competitors risk hitting icebergs and enduring the extreme cold of the southern ocean on the legs from Cape Town to Sydney and then to Tierra Del Fuego in South America. Simple answer is because on a globe these are the shortest routes. whereas on a flat earth map they are the longest . Now why would anyone in their right mind take all those risks and discomfort if it was the longest route .. Come on flatheads time to use some of that common sense you keep telling us you have !

  • Dylan Walker

    If the earth was flat, why is it always sunny at the south pole in summer :O
    Nuff Said.

  • charles

    yes your correct there is no real picture of earth from space, nasa’s own words, their
    is no space program, its just a giant heist of taxpayer money

  • charles

    all you need to know is the usgs, united nations, all aircraft travel uses the flat earth map. All aircraft instruments are set for a flat plain

    • Jonathan Woods

      The maps are simply transposed from a globe to falt paper for ease of use, and no aircraft instruments are not set to a flat plane they are set to a level and altitude from sea level and they are simply not big enough to to be set to a curve and anyway that is not relevant to level flight as the only relevance is a tiny portion of the horizon that appears to be flat in the direction the plane’s nose is pointed. For the rest learn how to fly or at least read up on aerodynamics and the forces involved in flight. Until then stop making a fool of yourself because you obviously know little about anything !

  • Mike Shugart

    If you are flying from Charlotte, NC eastward and it takes two hours to your destination, then it stands to reason on a 1000 mph eastward spinning Earth, the return trip should take half the time, but it doesn’t. Why not?

    • Dylan Walker

      Because when a plane goes up.. The earth doesn’t spin 1000 mph underneath it, the plane moves with the earth.. So the plane is moving 1000+plane speed = realistic time period of your destination.

      • Stan Harrison

        How can the planet spin in the opposite direction of the plane and not affect trip time? Are you mental?

        • Dylan Walker

          Did you even read my comment?

        • Jonathan Woods

          it doesn’t but it does affect what time zone you are in because it changes you relationship of where the sun is relative to the earth’s rotation. So if you are flying west you’ll experience a longer period of daylight than if you were flying east. That;s why back in the days when the Concorde was flying from Europe to the US you could have breakfast at pretty much the same time in in both places but in real time you had been flying for hours. It is really very simple. Come on Stan you need to keep up or you won;t get into big school !

      • Andrey Kosichenko

        The Earth spin 1000 mph at the equator and 500 mph halfway north, if the plane go from north to south, how it pick up the speed to 1000 mph. How plane land?

        • Dylan Walker

          According to your theory the plane took off from the north where planet is spinning at 200mph and the plane is going say 300mph, so it should be heading south at 500mph… Right?, so now as it enters the equator and the earth is spinning 1000mph but The plane is going 500mph!!!! how does it land!?, but….. But, have you ever seen a plane flying sideways at 500mph?…. No because when a plane goes up, The earth doesn’t spin 200 mph underneath it, the plane moves with the earth (because a little thing called atmosphere pushed it).. So the plane is moving Earth speed + plane speed so when the plane flied south… it’s moving 1000mph + 300mph. That how plane land ?

        • Jonathan Woods

          Learn to fly. Take off see what happens and then try and figure it out. Actually don’t bother I don’t think yoiu’ll ever understand. unless you start over from kindergarten !

  • Mike Shugart

    East is still east, continually in the same direction. You are not even allowed to fly or float over Antarctica, so how would you know?

    • Dylan Walker

      So why is there an airport there?

    • Jonathan Woods

      Before making an even bigger fool of yourself, go check your facts. Just because you don’t know something doesn’t mean that it is not true !

  • Randy Reeves

    You have NEVER looked at an actual photograph of our earth, NASA even admits that ALL images are created by CGI and artists renderings.

  • Madeline

    That is only photo and was taken in 1971.

  • Jp

    I have never seen a real picture of our planet. If they are real then why do they always look cartoony or like they’re made on a computer….

  • sjpatejak

    The distance from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Glasgow, Scotland is 2642 miles. The distance from Buenos Aries, Argentina and Cape Town, South Africa is 4281 miles, 1.62 times as long if the 2nd and 3rd maps are correct. The difference should be much greater. As for the 1st map, it is impossible to cross the Pacific, which people have been doing since 1511.

  • Beaumont Miles

    Interesting… go and have a look at the United Nations logo… it has a map of the Flat Earth. Nuff said…

  • Andrey Kosichenko

    Once plane go up , it’s not attached to me Earth. 10 km up the air very thin, how can thin air move plane 500 mph? It’s have to be hurricane all over the world. That’s nonsense. The Earth is flat, and not moving. Go to NASA site, read how they calculate direction for airplanes. Use your brain, do your own research.

    • Jonathan Woods

      It is not the air that us blowing the plane forward it is the power and thrust from the jet engines. Now the fly high in the thin air because there is less resistance so the can fly faster with less power needed than at low altitude. But they have limits because the engines need air / oxygen to be able to work. so it is a balance of the right altitude for maximum speed with minimum power and fuel usage.calculated against the planes weight. The funny thing is you show that you have no clue , that you are stupid then you tell others who do know to go and do research. Yyou should take your own advice or go and buy a new brain, because the one you have is not working !

  • poktik

    the topmost picture is ridiculous becuz the moon is a sphere.

  • Jonathan Woods

    It’s really quite cute, the Flat Earth believers are so childlike in their inocence and utter lack of knowledge. All they have are their rather feeble human senses, that logically tell them that it is flat and still, because that’s how it feels and that is what they can see. Fair enough for a very young child or a cave man. Then some of them start to make themselves look very foolish simply because they were not paying attention in school. and they start making seriously flawed , stupid statements with absolute conviction that they are right and hundreds of years of research and science is wrong and a lie just because they say so and then they also often go on a religious rant misquoting scripture written hundreds if not thousands of years ago. When asked simple questions to prove their point they branch off at a tangent and attack one’s sanity for daring to ask them a question that they have no logical answer to . They become frustrated and fall apart, but the fragile egos and irrational beliefs that they are actually significant and therefore have to be by devine intention and design appear to cloud any possibility for rational thought processes. But actually without trying to explain air routes , aerodynamics, weather paterns or how the globe map is transposed onto paper so that it can be more managable for navigation or even any of the maths or formulas or complicated things like surveying , just take this simple test. We all know and agree, including flat earthers that the equator is in the middle , the tropic of capricorn is south of the equator and the tropic of cancer is north of the equator. we also know that direct flight routes and distances measured in real life are the same on either the tropic of cancer or the tropic of capricorn So here is a little very simple test find a map that airline pilots use and take two places that both lie on the tropic of cancer and find out what the distance is . Then go down to the tropic of capricorn and find two places with as close to the same distance as you can. if you like you can gooble the direct flight times and distances while your at it. and all this is from a flat map that the pilots use , right! OK now go to your flat earth mapt, the one with the north pole right in the centre and the south pole all around the outside edge, Now straight away you will see that for this model to be true the circle representing the tropic of cancer is quite small, the equator is bigger and the tropic of capricorn is even bigger so any distance on the tropic of capricorn is twice as much as that on the tropic of cancer. You already measured that didn’t you ? now try and fit the same distances and flight times onto your flat earth map.. Ok scratch your head , feel foolish, maybe have a good cry and stop being so stupid ! After that you will start to realise just who has been lying to you !

  • rich

    I was looking at some maps the other day was a bit blurry I swear i could see the word jade. I zoomed in and it actually said 180E , it also happened tobe the north pole.
    Could be what jade helm is for, when americans find out there tax dollars have been funding nasa.

  • Sarun

    I wish the Earth is flat. My job as a Cartographer and Geographic Information researcher would be so much simpler. Too many coordinate system and projections for the round earth.

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